It's a weird one, that's for sure. OurCamden has been part of my life for over four years, and today I leave my operational role. It's also the day we get to publish our first impact report. A nice way to finish. Make sure you have a good read of it. It's very encouraging.
The vision we had for OurCamden was (and still is) a very bold one. We want to reduce the impact of loneliness. Camden is up there with the highest levels of social isolation in the UK, yet it is the most amazing, vibrant and very busy borough. And we wanted to do it without becoming another support service- Camden already has a fair few of those (although thanks to government cuts, there are getting less- don't get me started!). We want to appeal to people who didn't need “support” but rather create opportunity: Opportunities to meet new people, to try new things, to save a wee bit of money with local businesses, to connect with this stunning borough, and most of all opportunities for people to be themselves and use their skills for the greater good. Bold eh!
And without getting too X Factor about it, it has been a hell of a journey. Some of it so hard, and so bad it would've been easy to chuck in the towel. But that stuff is for another day.
Today is a good day. A day when the torch gets firmly passed on. A day to say thank you.
Because OurCamden wouldn't be where it is without a pile of people. There's Richard, our original commissioner from the Council, who had enough drive to commit to finding a new way of doing things! There's Gary from Age UK Camden, who thought my wee vision had something about it, that was worth pursuing. There's the board, who gave up their time as volunteers. (We got there!) There's staff and volunteers: Sass, Tricia, Sumbo, Dee, Justine, Mary, and Annie. Thanks.
I just want to especially thank Sass. Without Sass there would've been times I would have chucked it all in. We were a great pairing. Me the eternal optimist, you the cynical realist keeping my feet on the ground and leading the way to the bin with some of my more fanciful plans. Between the two of us we had enough realism and optimism to make it work. I have found a friend for life!
And Dee too: What a stroke of bloody luck it was when she trudged up the steps to the interview room and nervously shared her presentation with us. Dee has been a revelation and is a complete star. You members are so fortunate to have her. Her commitment to you is beyond parallel and I am delighted that Dee is continuing to play her part in making membership of OurCamden such a positive thing.
My thanks to Sam and HCCT for having the vision to see how OurCamden can carry on as part of your organisation, adding to the great work you already do.
Most of all, I want to thank members for joining. I have had the enormous privilege of getting to know some of the most wonderful people. Lively, funny, and full of spirit. Even the awkward ones amongst you, we need you too ( although a little tolerance sometimes would be good). It has been an utter delight. I hope you all continue to enjoy being a member.
Here's to a great OurCamden future
& W.C.H PUBLISHING
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on Friday 22nd January 2016
Thereafter on the 3rd Friday of the month
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We are a bunch of soppy gits at OurCamden and don't want to let the Christmas thing to go by without a special showing of It's a Wonderful Life.
Join Dee at 11am on Christmas Eve for a special showing of this great film. We might even be persuaded to share a mince pie or two!
We are showing it at The Members Lounge so spaces are limited!
Hope to see you there!
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Win a ticket to see A Christmas Carol on Monday night! Due to a change in someone's life, we have a ticket going spare...
As part of an international project called Pivot Dance, The Place is offering a free opportunity and is looking for individuals with an insatiable curiosity for art, dance and the process of creating a new piece of performance to form The Place Audience Club.
Pivot Dance is a three year project looking at the values of creating dance performances in consultation with audiences, artists and producers.
This project is running simultaneously in the UK (at The Place), Italy and The Netherlands and will culminate in the creation of six brand new pieces made with the help of an‘Audience Club’.
The Place Audience Club is an opportunity to be part of something completely different, a unique experience and a way for YOU to impact the creation of new pieces of dance.
Make sure you register your interest by Mon 11 Jan 2016
Please Click here for more information here
Why not have a look at the Health Check guide below to find out more.....
Age Uk Camden
Stay Connected with these interesting one-off courses
(October – December 2015)
Timings & Date
Stay Digital: Using Cameras and Phones for Photography
Have a camera or smartphone? Want to know how to use a computer to access your photos and send them to family and friends? This 3 hour session will show you the basics of how to do this.
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursday 1st October 2015
Thursday 19th November 2015
Stay Social: Using Facebook
Want to know what the whole Facebook-mania is about? This session will show you how to get started with Facebook, and how you can use it to keep in touch with friends, family and some of your favourite brands.
2.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday 8th October 2015
Stay in touch: Using Skype and FaceTime
This fun 3 hour course will introduce how you can use Skype or FaceTime to make free voice calls and video calls over the internet. Very useful for keeping in touch with friends and family who live far away.
Note: FaceTime requires you to have an iPhone or iPad with an iCloud account.
Thursday 22nd October 2015
Stay Healthy: Using NHS choices
Come and learn how you can use NHS Choices and other websites to stay healthy and fit. Find tips for staying warm this Autumn/Winter and look up delicious and healthy recipes.
Thursday 5th November 2015
Stay Active: Find and book activities online
Looking for free or affordable things to do in Camden or London-wide? At this session, you will discover useful websites to use and learn how to find and book activities online
Thursday 3rd December 2015
Bought a new mobile phone, laptop or tablet PC? This session provides you with the opportunity to get one to one support in solving the issues that you have with getting to grips with using your new equipment
Note: You are required to book in advance
Please make contact to book an available time slot
Monday 2nd November 2015
All courses take place at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA
To book a place, please call 0207 239 0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited so why not book a place on any of these interesting courses!!!
Do you live in a sheltered or care home?
Fancy a day out at the British Museum?
Age Friendly Museums Day
Saturday 3rd October 2015
10.30am – 3.30pm
The Age Friendly Museums Network will be celebrating Age Friendly Museums Day at the British Museum. We invite local Care Homes or sheltered homes to bring their residents for an exciting day out.
Who is this day for? We particularly welcome those who are keen to visit the museum for the first time or who would like the opportunity to return and enjoy revisiting favourite objects.
Can the British Museum help our residents? The British Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and has a range of resources for visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing visitors. You can reserve wheelchairs and borrow stools to sit on. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to support you and your carers.
Can I bring relatives and carers? Carers and relatives will be welcomed to provide extra support and to share in the fun. One relative per resident though please.
Is there disabled parking? Yes, you will need to pre arrange this with us, but you can park in front of the main entrance.
Venue: The Clore Education Centre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
Time: from 10.30 until 3.30pm
Lunch: Visitors are requested to bring a picnic lunch. Refreshments will be provided
Activities: The day will include object handling sessions with our Community Partnerships team and volunteers. There will also be group visits to the Age of Enlightenment gallery, Egyptian Sculpture and Greek galleries including the Parthenon Galleries or North America & Mexico rooms. Not forgetting the visit to the shop.
How do I get involved? Book early as places are limited. Email Jane Turner: email@example.com . Why not sign up to the Age Friendly Museums Network to get to know about museums and older people in your area. Simply follow the link http://eepurl.com/_Kbev
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